- Los Blancos play a crucial La Liga match against Sevilla
Real Madrid look to return to winning ways against Sevilla. Los Blancos have not tasted victory in their last three La Liga matches that ended up in two losses and one draw. The poor form was continued in Champions League were Real Madrid complicated their situation in the competitions Group B by losing to Shakthar.
Despite the poor results, Real are still 4th in La Liga with Sevilla trailing them by only one point.
Real Madrid currently are as close to the bottom of La Liga as they are to the top. They are currently seven points behind league leaders Real Sociedad and seven points ahead of last place Valladolid.
It’s been a long time since Real Madrid have been this poor in both La Liga and Champions League. Zidane’s men have managed to secure only one win in their last five games, suffering three losses and one draw in the process.
This has made qualification for the next stage of the Champions League quite difficult, as Real Madrid now need to defeat group leaders Borussia Monchengladbach at home.
In La Liga, Real are in the fourth spot, with just one point more than fifth place Sevilla.
Real Madrid last five games:
Valencia 4:1 Real Madrid
Villarreal 1:1 Real Madrid
Inter 0:2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 1:2 Alaves
Shakthar Donetsk 2:0 Real Madrid
Sevilla has also suffered a big loss in Champions League against Chelsea. Lopetegui’s men were defeated 4-0 at home on Wednesday. Apart from the Chelsea loss, Sevilla has won four of their last five games.
Sevilla last five games:
Sevilla 1:0 Osasuna
Sevilla 4:2 Celta Vigo
Krasnodar 1:2 Sevilla
Huesca 0:1 Sevilla
Sevilla 0:4 Chelsea
Injuries & Suspensions
Real Madrid are still without the services of many injured players. Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Fede Valverde and Luka Jović are all out. Mariano didn’t train with the squad so he will also miss Saturday’s match. Real finally get a true right back returning as Alvaro Odriozola is in the squad.
Sevilla will be without left-back Escudero. Suso and Acuña are also doubts for the match. Vaclík is questionable after missing Sevilla’s Champions League match against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Fernandez and Bounou both tested negative for coronavirus and will be a part of the squad.
Odriozola has returned to the squad after missing 12 games this season, but he’s not expected to start today as his fitness is most likely a level or two behind the rest of the team.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Mendy, Nacho, Varane, Lucas Vazquez; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Asensio, Vinicius Jr, Benzema.
Sevilla: Bono; Rekik, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Navas; Fernando, Jordan, Rakitic; Munir, Ocampos, De Jong.
It will be interesting to see how Real Madrid can bounce back after the heavy criticism they suffered for their poor performances recently. Los Blancos were under heavy fire from media and fans alike, and will probably look to show what they are worth today.
Last season, Real Madrid managed to defeat Sevilla twice. Lopetegui’s open football is not very good against Real Madrid, who struggle more against teams that defend with a low block and play on counter attacks.
Score prediction: Sevilla 1:2 Real Madrid